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FBI Director: Everyone Should Cover Up Their Laptop Webcams Right Now

FBI Director James Comey warned Wednesday that everyone should a piece of tape over his personal laptop’s webcam, claiming it’s a common sense security step everyone should take.

“There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them,” Comey said during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He added: “You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them.

“You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing.”

Image: State Department

Image: State Department

Comey was mocked online earlier this year after he revealed that he puts a piece of tape over his laptop camera to keep away prying eyes. The precaution is a common one among security advocates, given the relative ease of hacking laptop cameras.

Comey was “much mocked for that,” he acknowledged on Wednesday. But he still uses the tape on his laptop.

“It’s not crazy that the FBI director cares about personal security as well,” the FBI director added. “So I think people ought to take responsibility for their own safety and security.”

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